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Old 06-24-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Hey Guys, new member and first time posting a thread. Have frequented the forum from time to time and learned a lot so thought I would seek some help from you guys.

I am putting a deposit on a Jambo backyard pit this weekend and was hoping for some must have’s as I know Jamie provides several customization options. I understand the backyard model doesn’t offer the customization options as his other pits but was hoping for a few suggestions or at least some “watch outs”.

This will be my first stick burner and want to make sure I do it right. I’ve cooked on a WSM in the past and the last couple years on a BGE. Looking for more room and a true offset firebox setup. Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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Well, I don't have a Jambo, but I have cooked on an offset for many years. Sounds like a very good step for you. I'm looking forward to seeing you learn on it.

You should introduce yourself over in Cattle Call so we can give you a proper welcome.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll do that.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #4
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:36 PM   #5
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I went to a comp here in Oklahoma and it seemed that 3/4 of the guys were using Jambo Pits. They look like awesome pits. I would love to have one in my backyard.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:12 PM   #6
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Talk it over with Jamie. I know a couple of guys who bought Jambos and he really helped them learn their new smoker.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:45 AM   #7
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Check out the brethren sales section. A member has one of these posted you may want to check out.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:04 PM   #8
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I'll talk it over with Jamie for sure, hoping to get some feedback from folks that have cooked on a Jambo backyard pit.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:10 PM   #9
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I've had 3 Jambo's so what are you specifically wanting to know?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:08 PM   #10
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Most people I have talked to run around 275 degrees. It has never occurred to me to ask if you can dial it down to 230-250 degrees. Can you?
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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Guess I'm looking for some:
- wish I would've done that to my pit
- I've seen this and wish I had thought of it

I know im not much help here, just dont want to miss something and regret it later. Thanks for any suggestions or ideas.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #12
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Add the upper rack over the side closest to exhaust stack. You will also want front casters if you have to move it around. The casters should be standard imo.

As far as cooking on one, you control the temp by the exhaust stack. The intake vent can be adjusted with a wrench, you will find that they are setup to run 270* or so out of the box. I've never tinkered with mine, no need to.

I start the fire with a chimney full of lump. Once the pit gets up to 200*, I will add a split. Once that split gets going good and coals have burned down a bit I will add another 1/4 split. I've found that going with a larger fire(3 1/4 splits) and cooking at 300* allows me 2-2.5 hours of unattended burn time. Cherry wood. No experience with a harder wood like hickory.

Any other questions, fire away. The build quality is awesome and there is something about smoking on a quality stickburner that is hard to describe. The timing isn't right for me otherwise I wouldn't even consider selling mine.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:16 PM   #13
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Thanks LTG, that is exactly what Im looking for. Spoke with Jamie last week and looks like he's about 12 weeks out on his backyards. Thats OK, its worth the wait. Plan on teaching my son to cook on this one.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:22 AM   #14
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Get the biggest pit you can afford and have space for. Space is the one thing you can't really add, and you'll be surprised at how soon you'll be wishing for more... When we bought our Lang 60, I was sure that I'd never fill it up. But at least 3 times a year, i'll have to use a second pit or do two cooks back to back... Also, think about doors. One large door, or two doors without a divider make handling large cuts of meat and whole pigs a lot easier. Especially if you can get a one piece rack that can be slid out the door.

Congrats on the upgrade, and good luck!
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:29 AM   #15
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Definitely get one large door for a backyard pit.
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